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Road Cycling around Whistler

  • Renowned for mountain biking, Whistler also boasts plenty of riding for road enthusiasts
  • Go the distance on smooth, recently upgraded highway routes and challenge yourself with mountain climbs
  • Base yourself in Whistler and explore the area over several days - suggested routes below
  • See or participate in events such as the RBC Granfondo and IRONMAN® Canada in Whistler

Suggested Route: Olympic Park

A beautiful ride up a brand new road with excellent views of the Callaghan Valley, site of the Olympic Ski Jumping and Nordic events.

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Accumulated Elevation Gain: 520 m

Whistler to Olympic Park Road Cycle Elevation

Length: 27 km
Start: Village Gate Blvd. at Hwy 99
Finish: Biathlon Stadium

Whistler to Olympic Park Road Cycle Map

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Suggested Route: Whistler Village to Pemberton

A long-time locals favourite, this ride is mostly downhill to Pemberton so be sure to save some energy for the ride back to Whistler.

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Accumulated Elevation Gain: 245 m (Accumulated Elevation loss: 645 m)

Whistler to Pemberton Road Cycling Elevation

Length: 32 km
Start: Village Gate Blvd. at Hwy 99
Finish: Pemberton Petro Canada

Whistler to Pemberton Road Cycling Map

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Suggested Route: Pemberton Meadows

Starting in Pemberton, an easy 50km loop can be made by riding up to the end of Pemberton Meadows and back. This ride is generally sees little vehicle traffic and takes you past the picturesque farms of Pemberton Valley. The views of Mount Currie on the return leg are stunning.

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Accumulated Elevation Gain: 129 m

Pemberton Meadows Road Cycling Elevation

Length: 30 km
Start: Pemberton Petro Canada
Finish: Bridge over Lillooet River on approach to Hurley Road

Pemberton Meadows Road Cycling Map

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Suggested Route: Tour de Whistler

Another local favourite with some excellent hill-climbing. This ride does a loop of the valley, taking in nine climbs of significance.  From the Village head north to Emerald, then back through Alpine Meadows to Alta Lake road.  Ride south past Rainbow Park and up to the top of Stonebridge.  Continue south on Alta Lake road, crossing Hwy99 to the climb up Kadenwood.  From here the ride head back north to the Village, taking in the climbs of Bear Ridge, Taluswood, Panorama Ridge, Base 2, and up Painted Cliff road.

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Accumulated Elevation Gain: 1300 m

Tour de Whistler Road Cycling Elevation

Length: 52 km
Start: Village Gate Blvd. at Hwy 99
Finish: Village Gate Blvd. at Hwy 99

Tour de Whistler Road Cycling Map

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Suggested Route: Duffey Lake Road

The mother of all climbs! From Lilloet Lake to the Joffre col, this ride climbs 1,000m in 15km. Depending on your fitness level, you can start in either Whistler or Pemberton or continue all the way to Lillooet.

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Accumulated Elevation Gain: 1118 m

Pemberton Joffre Lake Road Cycle Elevation

Length: 30 km
Start: Pemberton Petro Canada
Finish: Joffre Lakes Parking Lot

Pemberton Joffre Lake Road Cycle Map

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Suggested Route: Whistler to Squamish

Although this section of the highway sees heavy traffic, recent upgrades have created a wide shoulder on which to ride. Even though the route is mostly downhill, be aware of the strong wind that often blows up the valley – it can make the final descent into Squamish harder than it seems!

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Accumulated Elevation Gain: 600 m (Accumulated Elevation loss: 1290 m)

Whistler to Squamish Road Cycle Elevation

Length: 51 km
Start: Function Junction (intersection of Highway 99 and Alpha Lake Road)
Finish: Downtown Squamish

Whistler to Squamish Road Cycle Map

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Tour de Whistler

With details on the best road rides and some training tips, this Whistler Insider blog is essential for those looking to explore Whistler's road cycling.

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